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Corporate tax in EU- eliminating loopholes

Saturday, March 23, 2019

New rules on common corporate tax in the EU entered into force this year. The idea is to eliminate some loopholes in corporate entities, which are avoiding paying taxes. As a rule, corporate taxation is within the domain of the member states. This time the EU institutions took the initiative in order to reduce tax evasion. First proposed by the Commission in 2016, the legally binding rules, known as ATAD…

Lithuania’s LET to supply gas to Riga from various sources

Saturday, March 23, 2019

A new liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipment arriving in Klaipeda next week is meant for all customers of Lietuvos Energijos Tiekimas (Lithuanian Energy Supply, or LET), including the Latvian capital’s heat supplier Rigas Siltums. LET said in early March it would supply gas to Rigas Siltums for the whole month. LET CEO Mantas Mikalajunas says the Latvian company is being supplied with gas from all available sources. “We are not providing commercial…

Olympic committee considering replacing president

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Daily Õhtuleht wrote on Friday morning that Estonian Olympic Committee (EOK) President Urmas Sõõrumaa might soon be facing attempts to replace him. Part of the committee’s executive board decided on Thursday that a meeting with Mr Sõõrumaa is needed to discuss his future, the paper wrote. The executive board are apparently taking issue with Mr Sõõrumaa’s behaviour and statements in the recent Nordic skiing doping scandal, which hit Estonia harder…

Netherlands police, Heineken win private sector cybersecurity exercise

Saturday, March 23, 2019

A team made up of the Netherlands’ National Cyber Security Centre and Heineken have won the Cyber Core 2019 exercise that simulated a wave of cyber-attacks on the leading energy provider of an EU state, threatening a shutdown of vital services in the whole country. The exercise, which took place at the laboratories of CybExer Technologies in Tallinn, was opened by IT Minister Rene Tammist (SDE) on Wednesday. The exercise…

EC Vice-President: like other countries, Latvia has limited progress with EC recommendations

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Latvia has limited progress when it comes to implementation of recommendations from the European Commission. Nevertheless, Latvia does not fall from the general EU context, when most member states have a small or limited progress with recommendations, said EC Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis during a joint meeting with Latvian Saeima’s committees. Commenting on the opinion voiced during the meeting that EC’s opinion is rather critical, Dombrovskis said he believes the situation…

Is there a recipe for happiness?

Friday, March 22, 2019

20th of March is the International Day of Happiness. United Nations General Assembly resolution, published in 2012, notes that one of the inherent human rights is the right to be happy. So a natural question arises – what does it mean to be happy? What makes us feel happy? Is there a universal recipe for happiness? This time we have invited a lecturer from the Faculty of Medicine of Vilnius…

France to deploy military anti-terror force at Gilets Jaunes march

Friday, March 22, 2019

The French government is to deploy its military anti-terror force as reinforcement during Act 19 of Saturday’s Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) protests, President Emmanuel Macron decided on Wednesday. “The president has requested emergency measures to toughen the security by the armed forces”, Benjamin Griveaux, the spokesperson for the French Elysee Palace, said on Wednesday. The yellow vests, he said, “are not protesters, but rioters”. Alongside the deployment of the French…

Tallinn to ban single-use plastic dishes, utensils at public events

Friday, March 22, 2019

Beginning 1 October, the City of Tallinn is banning the serving of food and drinks in single-use plastic dishes and the use of plastic utensils. The use of dishes and cutlery made of compostable, biodegradable plastic will still be permitted if the which are certified as meeting the EVS-EN 13432 or equivalent standard, according to a press release. Public event organisers in Tallinn will also be required to ensure the…

Estonia could borrow up to EUR 200 mln a year

Friday, March 22, 2019

After changing the State Budget Act, the Estonian state could borrow up to 200 million euros every year, but the economy doesn’t need that money now, Sven Kirsipuu, head of the fiscal policy department at the Ministry of Finance. “The borrowing capability of the Estonian state is very big, but the budget rules that constrain us speak not of the loan burden but of deficit or surplus of the budget.…

Situation on Latvian roads this year is the worst one in past five or ten years

Friday, March 22, 2019

The situation on Latvia roads is the worst one in the past five or ten years, said non-risk insurer Balta, citing the company’s data on damages to cars due to poor quality roads. The company said that by March 19, Balta received 248 claims, at the same time, the aggregate amount of indemnities reached EUR 100,000, which is almost the same as in a whole years in the past five years. “Latvian…